Poet opens second Ohio ethanol plant

By Bryan Sims | September 08, 2008
Web exclusive posted Oct. 6, 2008 at 10:57 a.m. CST

On Sept. 30, Sioux Falls, S.D.-based ethanol producer Poet LLC held a grand opening ceremony for its 68 MMgy ethanol plant in Fostoria, Ohio. Poet Biorefining-Fostoria is Poet's second facility to open in Ohio and its 25th plant to open in the United States.

Joining Poet Chief Executive Officer Jeff Broin and other staff at the grand opening event were Mike Wagner, executive director of the Buckeye Renewable Fuels Association; Robert Boggs, director of the Ohio Department of Agriculture; Ohio Congressman Bob Latta; and Ryan Hunter-Reay, driver of the #17 Ethanol IndyCar, Rahal Letterman Racing.

"Although we continue to import far more oil than we should, we are making progress," Broin said. "Today, the U.S. ethanol industry is already cutting into foreign oil imports. The ethanol produced in this facility will displace over 65 million gallons of fossil fuels annually."

The $130 million Poet Biorefining-Fostoria facility is equipped with the company's patent-pending BPX process that eliminates the need for heat in the cooking process of producing ethanol, thus reducing energy use by eight percent to 15 percent in comparison to conventional plants. The facility is also outfitted with a regenerative thermal oxidizer that eliminates up to 99.9 percent of air emissions, greatly reducing the plant's carbon footprint.

"As energy demands continue to grow in the United States, the nation's dependency on Middle Eastern oil must decline," Latta said. "The Poet biorefining facility is an important piece of our energy plan to help reduce that dependency by producing clean burning ethanol, economic growth and jobs to northwest Ohio."

The Fostoria plant will use 22 million bushels of corn and coproduce approximately 178,000 tons of Dakota Gold Enhanced Nutrition Distillers' Products annually. Poet's marketing subsidiary, Poet Ethanol Products, will market the plant's ethanol and its other marketing arm, Poet Nutrition, will market the plant's coproducts. Rail access is through Norfolk Southern Corp.

A third Poet ethanol plant is under construction in Marion, Ohio, The company announced it will hold a grand opening ceremony for the 65 MMgy plant on Oct. 24. Poet also has a pilot-scale cellulosic ethanol plant under construction in Scotland, S.D., which is expected to begin producing ethanol from corn cobs before the end of the year.

The opening of Poet's Fostoria ethanol plant brings the company's total production capacity to approximately 1.32 billion gallons annually.

For more information on Poet, visit http://www.poet.com.